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Chile adventure

Travelling accross chile: I'd like to do it a different way. By bus, on horse, on foot, hitch hiking, camping.... Ask and answer questions about travelling Chile in an adventurous way, on this thread.
10 years ago, December 21st 2008 No: 1 Msg: #58112  
HI, I'm to do some traveling in chile but I'd like to do it in little different way, namely my plan is to arrive in Santiago the chile some time around the end of this comming January then go furthe south by bus or Hitchhiking and the at some point to buy horse and travel as far south as possible seeing on the way all there what is ther to see, and enjoying nature by camping (sleeping in the tent, compfires etc..)

My questions are first: Is ther possibility in chile to buy horse and if so how much would that cost?

Secend: Would that be safe as I'm going alone (my firends change theirs mainds)?, and would it be actually possible as I've heard that south in chile are very strong winds and I'm thinking that piching a tent could be difficult?

Also if anybody is interested to join and have some good ideas about the trip, i would be very pleased.

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10 years ago, December 22nd 2008 No: 2 Msg: #58186  
A horse would cost around $300,000 to $400,000 chilean pesos. This is based on the prices in the 7th region. Usually once a week they have an auction to sell off horses, but the normal season to get a good price is in spring when there are many on the auction block.
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10 years ago, January 6th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #59006  

Hey, I'm headed down to Chile at the end of January as well and I'm looking to so a similar trip, Trekking and camping my way as far south as possible and then looking to come back up through Argentina. I'm up for anything though, I love surfing and want to explore the natural beauty of Chile as well. I'll be in Peru first starting on the 12th of Jan. Email me anytime Reply to this

10 years ago, January 9th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #59429  
What sort of time frame are you talking about? Be aware that if you arrive in Puerto Montt late your plans might be less than ideal. April is the start of the rainy season which lasts well into September, so if you allow 3 months to get to Puerto Montt you're in for a wet journey. The Carretera Austral starts at Puerto Montt and continues until the land ends at the town of Bernard O'Higgins. There Chile turns into a rugged coast of Fjords and mountain inaccessible by roads.

The high wind tales are mostly further south in Patagonia- accessible through border crossing into Argentina or ferry through Chile to Puerto Natales.

Furthermore you are starting in sunny Central Chile in the middle of summer when the grass is yellow and weather is hot. Why not start in September, when spring gives you green fields and wildflowers in Chile Central so that by the time you get to Puerto Montt you will have 3 more months of no rain to travel the Carretera Austral?

Awesome bloggers who have done this journey before:
Claire and dave did the journey January to April- but they were travelling north beating to leading edge of the rainy season- not south which leads you head first into it!
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